Although technological advances seem to be transforming the medical field bringing benefits, such as instant access to medical records on an iPad, such devices prove to be distracting healthcare providers, resulting in more medical errors.
Devices from computers to Smartphones and tablets have access to the internet and come with applications for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. All these distractions are on top of text messaging and phone calls.
According to a recent study of medical technicians who monitor bypass machines, approximately 55% admitted to taking a cell phone out during a heart surgery. In fact, we sued a local hospital for an anesthesia error several years ago and found out that the anesthesiologist was checking his email during surgery!
Medical errors are a major problem in theUnited States, studies estimate that 100,000 people are killed each year, and hundreds more injured, due to medical malpractice.
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Smartphones may cause medical providers to make medical errors, such as neglect their patients, due to distractions such as checking email or playing with apps.